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Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi designated a new national recreation trail

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PONTOTOC, Mississippi — The Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi has been named a national recreation trail.

The announcement was made Thursday in a news release by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.

The Tanglefoot Trail runs 44 miles between New Albany and Houston.

It is built on an old abandoned railroad corridor. The path, blazed by Native Americans and followed by early explorers, became the route of the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of author William Faulkner.

It includes "whistle stops" at Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and Houlka. "Whistle stops" will include entrances to the trail, restroom facilities, water fountains, bike racks, benches and picnic tables.

It is one of 10 local and state trails added to the National Trails System.

National Trails Day is Saturday.

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